Fylde is a Fairtrade Borough
In June 2008 Fylde achieved Fairtrade status for the borough. Eight years have now passed and the Fairtrade movement in Fylde goes from strength to strength. We continue to work hard spreading the Fairtrade message to the people of Fylde and its schools, businesses, faith communities and community groups.
Fylde Borough Council is pleased to support and facilitate Fairtrade across the Borough. Fairtrade and trading fairly is important to local people as well as internationally. In the UK producers are often undercut by cheap imports and have to lower their prices, often at the expense of jobs and the environment.
Shoppers can support fair local trade by buying goods direct from the producer or from local shops or farms.
Information about recent events
Fairtrade Flag - Lytham Business Partnership invited community groups, schools and businesses to take part in the Lytham Flag Festival in February. Workshops were held some weeks earlier for everyone to make and decorate their flags. Our own Fairtrade flag flew alongside all the others in the stiff breeze that we sometimes get here.
Fairtrade Fortnight - The theme for this years’ Fairtrade Fortnight was the ‘Big Breakfast’. The steering group and our community partners organised ten free ‘Big Breakfasts’ and a ‘Big Brew’. Over 375 people sat down for breakfast and stood up for farmers at seven local churches, two Guide, Brownie and Rainbow meetings, Fylde Foodbank and at the ‘Just Good Friends’ community group. Co-operative Food worked with steering group members to hold chocolate tasting sessions in their store – very popular!
Traidcraft - Traidcraft stalls selling Fairtrade food, crafts and gifts have been taken to school fairs and community events, including the Soroptimist Spring Fair in the Eco Pod at Lytham’s Park View 4U. At Easter over 100 Fairtrade ‘Real Easter Eggs’ were sold and thirty donated to the Foodbank and local children’s centre.